The mighty fine state of our political system

With the state all but bankrupt, with the economy failing and jobs fleeing, you will determine our local economic and political future with the ballot you cast.

Will Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Lisa's Daddy, remain as boss of the state's government and the Illinois Democratic Party?

Whether he retains the speaker's role is technically up to the members of the Illinois House. There are good and bad among them from each party. But the other day I let you in on a secret, and I feel like repeating it today.

The relative merits of the Democratic candidates for the Illinois House don't matter. What matters is that Madigan drew their district boundaries and contributes to their campaigns from the vast war chests he controls. What he expects in return is this: To be reinstalled as speaker, as he has been for most of the past three decades, so he can control the state.

He's so intent on this that he's even made a deal with the politicos of Melrose Park to oust state Rep. Angelo "Skip" Saviano and install a Democrat. Just what the boys from Melrose Park expect from Madigan in return for their turning on Saviano, we don't know.

But I do know this. If you vote for a Democrat for state representative, any Democrat, good or bad, all you're really doing is voting for Mike Madigan to remain the boss.

And in January, during the lame-duck session, he'll most likely broker a deal to make permanent the 67 percent state income tax increase, along with passing a casino deal and some lukewarm state pension reform. Don't say I didn't warn you.

The Khan of Madiganistan isn't beholden to us. Just to the puppets in his control.

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